Meet the Rainmakers: People who are bolstering our food, wine & art economy

Our small towns are thriving, thanks to some innovative entrepreneurs, chefs, winery owners, arts leaders and dealmakers. JORDAN FIFE The ebullient hotelier is helping to revitalize the National Hotel in Nevada City and The Holbrooke in Grass Valley — two of our region’s most historic hotels. “We are excited to be entrusted with the restoration […]

Golden Era hosts a delicious pop-up dinner, paired with craft cocktails and local wines

The Golden Era Lounge in Nevada City is thinking about hosting monthly “pop up” dinners — pairing imaginative dishes with craft cocktails and fine wines —  and we joined a gathering of “friends and family” this week for a sneak preview. Since emerging over a decade ago, pop-up dinners have become one of the fastest-growing […]

Golden Era’s Cocktail 101 class

“WE’RE GOING TO SHAKE, MAKE AND measure together,” said veteran bartender Eric Giardina, standing behind the restored 1890s-bar at Golden Era Lounge with a shaker and strainer in hand. And with that, a dozen of us sitting on the barstools at the swank Nevada City lounge immerse ourselves into the world of mixology for the […]

What’s new: Morgan’s Lobster Shack and Fish Market expands to mid-town Reno

MORGAN’S EXPANDS TO MIDTOWN RENO For three years, Morgan’s Lobster Shack & Fish Market has been the most popular location in Truckee for “wicked fresh” fish, shellfish, lobster rolls, decadent lobster bisque, and creamy clam chowder. The fresh fish arrives almost daily, and the lobsters are flown in live from Maine. We are regulars. Opening […]

Cocktail 101 at Golden Era

COCKTAIL CLASSES AT GOLDEN ERA Starting March 6, the award-winning mixologists at Golden Era lounge in Nevada City— led by Eric Giardina and Darren Crawford—will begin hosting comprehensive craft cocktail classes. It is a first for the foothills, reflecting the region’s more refined food and drink scene. “Don’t make a drink; make a masterpiece.” Golden […]

Bar Art: Gold Rush-era Craftsmanship

MANY OF THE RESTAURANTS AND BARS in the foothills are steeped in history. They are located in handsome Gold Rush-era buildings. Inside are carved wooden back bars—“elaborate and ornate made of rich woods, flawless mirrors and stained glass,” as the most famous producer Brunswick explains. The bars continue to be a focal point of these […]

Golden Era in Nevada City: a destination for craft cocktails

IN THE OLD WEST, THE MOST POPULAR establishment in town was the saloon. It was the social gathering place. In Downieville, a popular saloon also served as the office of the Justice of the Peace. Saloon regulars often drank straight liquor, such as bourbon or rye. “If a man ordered a ‘fancy’ cocktail or ‘sipped’ […]

Nevada City: Yuba River Town

NEVADA CITY IS HOME BASE FOR THE SOUTH YUBA RIVER, WHICH FLOWS JUST NORTH OF THE HISTORIC TOWN. IN 2012, OUTSIDE magazine named Nevada City one of the “best river towns in America,” citing its connection to the sun-soaked, granite-lined Yuba. Few people know the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) was founded in an […]